Sunday, November 28, 2010

23 Weeks and Thanksgiving

Well we survived hosting our first holiday! We hosted Jay's mom's side of the family for Thanksgiving and it went great. Besides the massive amounts of cleaning that had to be done, it was relatively stress free. That's thanks to everyone who brought food so I didn't have to do much (any) cooking. We hosted 26-some people so I would say it was a success!

And with hosting you get tons of leftovers! Love it.

And here I sit at 23 weeks. Things still about the same. Hair continues to be drier than than dry. Hence why I am now sporting the 'curly' do more often these days. It just doesn't pay to fight it. Over Thanksgiving I had a slight scare with some bleeding so they had me come in for an ultrasound but all is well with the baby and fluid levels (which was a HUGE relief) and doctor told me to take it easy. Which I wish they would define 'taking it easy' what does this mean exactly? Its so vague....or perhaps I should of just asked.
Anyhoo, they're a little uncertain as to why this is occurring, which as long as the baby is doing ok, I'm ok with their lack of explanation. I have my next doctor's appointment on the 9th so I'll just lay low til then I guess. I was just excited they didn't do anything dramatic like put me on bed rest. I couldn't even imagine...especially with Jay starting to ref 3 days a week. Ish.

And now for the pictures....

And an updated full body shot from our ultrasound

And a new 3D...just for you Christy:)
If you don't know what you're looking at,
you can see the baby's face and hand
peaking from around the placenta (or whatever that may be)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November Giveaway Time!

So it’s been awhile since I’ve done a giveaway
and I think it’s about time! Don’t you?

So get excited, here it is!

1 lucky reader is going to win a $30 gift card to Pear Tree Greetings!

This gift card can be used for anything on the site. And what perfect timing….it could be used towards the purchase of adorable photo holiday cards!

I just ordered mine and cannot wait to see them!

So, here’s how to enter to win:

-Post a comment on this post telling me what you’re thankful for (it is Thanksgiving after all) – (This is worth 1 entry per post. Leave as many as you’d like for multiple entries)

-Post a link to this contest on your Facebook with something along the lines of ‘Win $30 in free product from Pear Tree Greetings. Adorable stationery products, at affordable prices!’ and then post this link: Make sure you post another comment to this post telling me you did so. (This is worth 1 entry)

Contest ends November 30th at midnight.

Winner will be selected at random on December 1st using .

Coupon will be good thru 1/31/11.

And even if you don’t win, you’re still all winners

as I’m giving everyone 20% off their entire order

from Pear Tree Greetings.

To get the code, just email me at
and I’ll be more than happy to share with you….Even if you’re a closet reader:)
Any reader is a friend of mine!

So good luck and happy shopping!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

22 Weeks

All is well on the pregnancy front. My only complaints are super dry hair (breaking off left and right) and occasional back pains. Otherwsie everything is going good. I felt my first kicks a couple weeks ago and now they are more frequent. Makes this all much more real and I love feeling the kicks.

I'm finally getting a belly and people who didn't know I was pregnant at work are finally taking notice. Probably due to the fact that I am finally wearing a good selection of maternity clothes which always seem to accentuate your belly.

I finally have a few names down on paper that I like for both genders but still am looking and not set on anything in particular.

Oh and a quick recap on my last doctors appointment which was a couple weeks ago. We went over the ultrasound results and all is good. Enough fluid, baby looks good so that is good. Kate was able to come along as well which was fun for her to listen to the heart beat. She seemed a little confused though and kept asking 'what you doing mommy'.

And now for the pictures. No Kate this time...she wasn't feeling the camera.

Monday, November 15, 2010

4:45 am

4:45 am.....the time I've been waking up the past few days to work out. Insert gasp here....i'm as shocked as you all.

I wasn't happy with my lack of energy and my growing rear so I decided to do something about it. Since last Wednesday morning I've been getting up early and hopping on the treadmill in our basement. I turn on some past episodes of Glee and I'm good to go. Yes I probably could work out at night but by the time I get Kate to bed, I'm exhausted and ready for bed myself.

Before you go on being all impressed I should note that I'm just walking but it feels great! I start the morning off right and feel like I'm doing good for this new baby.

Hopefully I can keep it up. My goal is 5 days a week so we'll see. And by admitting this to all of you hopefully it will hold me accountable and I can keep it up. Have a good night.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

20 Weeks

Well, over half way there! Officially 20 weeks and 4 days or so. Feeling good but really starting to pop now (promise you'll see a big change in next week's pictures). Need to break out the maternity clothes soon as the pants are getting a little snug and shirts are a little shorter than I'd like. I'm a little tired but I think its mainly from chasing a very active 2 year old around.

We have our next appointment this Thursday and I will report anything after that.

Other than that, not a whole lot to talk about. Pregnancy brain has definitely set in and I feel like a ding bat 90% of the time (hold your comments).

Here are my 21 week pictures and Kate jumped right in on the action this week:)

Seriously no prompting...just followed my lead
And yes Janelle, I realize we captured just the 'HO' part of my home sign again

Exposed Bellies

Saturday, November 6, 2010

October Recap

Well a lot happened in October and I never really got the chance to blog about it.... so here it is.

To start off the month we recarpeted our basement. Pictures of that will come when I get it back to a more complete state.

We also went out to some of Jay's parent's friends house for some horse back riding and hayrides...
Back in the saddle...literally.
I bet you couldn't guess that this guy went to horse camp as child

Kate and Grandma on the horse

I believe she was saying 'whoa' over and over

Kate and I on the hayride....of course stuffing our mouths with puffs

Kate got to drive the tractor!

Jay's brother and his wife took me to the golf club for 'Lobster night' to celebrate my birthday a little early....AMAZING!

Jay and I attended the March of Dimes Chef's auction. Dress up, chow down on tons of food provided by local chefs = a perfect time for this pregnant lady.

Went to Mystic Lake with mom, bruce, emily, chris and of course Kate and Jay to celebrate my mom and my birthdays. It was an awesome time of shopping, golfing, swimming, eating, gambling and enjoying each others company. (this too will be a large post so I'll post those pictures on their own)

Celebrated my 28th birthday....Kate made me this fabulous cake!
Seriously delicious

Other days of the month were filled with gymnastics, continuing to organize the house and who knows. We also managed to squeeze in Halloween, the Mankato Marathon, and a work trip for Jay but i'll blog about those separately. Looking back it was a whirlwind and looking forward to a relaxing November ahead.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


After 1 1/2 years of constant ear infections Kate finally got tubes today. She had been getting about 1 a month and the antibiotics were having less and less effect over time.

So last Thursday we went to the ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor and she was able to get us in this Wednesday.

We arrived at 6 am this morning. I had slept horribly the whole night just worrying about the whole thing, if we would oversleep, etc.

They prepped her for surgery and gave her a sedative to relax her. It was quite funny watching her on it. It was like she was high....dazed looks and patting my face as if to feel if i was still there. It was good for separation anxiety for sure!

She was then wheeled away....she returned in less than 20 minutes and was not a happy camper. I think the shock of waking up in a strange place along with the heart monitor on her toe that she was trying to rip off made things worse. Once she saw us she calmed down. We left about and hour later and headed home. Her ears continued to drain throughout the day (which was good) and we laid low and watched movies all day long and cuddled. It was great.

So now, she's back to daycare tomorrow and hopefully we are on our way to an infection free winter and many nights of sleep ahead of us:)

Wagon Ride Before Surgery

Mom and Kate - mid loopiness